Friday Film ~ Contax Aria (1)

I’ve now completed 2 rolls of film on my Aria, had them developed by the wonderful Analogue Wonderland people and sorted them out ready for posting. Not all have turned out well and mistakes were made, but I’ll be leaving those ones in the dustbin of posterity and just posting the ones I like. I am on a steep learning curve with the Aria and though I’ve worked in manual mode before with the Rollei’s it’s been a while so that’s an ongoing refresher too.

The first roll I put through was a Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 135/36 Color film, and I started that at the back end of December. These shots are test shots mostly around the house and a few from South Shields. I haven’t faffed with any of them other than to crop or straighten where necessary, I save all that malarky for my digital work. It’s nice just to have them as they are.

King Street, South Shields

like a lot of small coastal towns in the North things have gone downhill, with shops closing down, the shoppers going to Newcastle or Sunderland instead of local. In (a vain~ sorry- cynic) an attempt to regenerate the town centre, the council are demolishing buildings in King Street, which housed Mothercare, and Thorntons (chocolate shop) amongst others. This is in order to ‘clear the way for further development’ and according to Councillor Dixon, “We know that for our town centre to thrive we need to move beyond retail and create a more vibrant environment”. More details HERE.

Demolishing
Demolished

Back at home we had a snow day. I say snow day but I really mean a snow 2 hours. The picture isn’t so good, I was hanging out the bedroom window and camera shake was a thing, but I had to document the only snow we’ve had this winter so far. 2 hours I ask you? What’s the point in that?

Snow. A bit.

We had Livvy and Matty to stay over one Saturday night, another dodgy shot as I didn’t get the exposure right so the shutter speed was too slow for a crisp shot, but I like it anyway, makes me smile.

Livvy, Matty.

Of course I had to turn the Aria on the cats..

Winnie on Phils window sill soaking up some rays.
Winnie being snug
Lord Vincent being snug

I have always taken images of the sunsets I see from the bedroom windows, I have an ongoing series of Wardley Sunsets, so I had to see if the Aria would be able to contribute.

Wardley Sunset
Wardley Sunset

So that’s enough for this week. Out of 36 frames I got 19 I was happy enough with, so thats 50%, considering how expensive film is that percentage needs to be improved, but that’s fine, I’m at the beginning of this journey and I’ll get better with practice. Stay tooned for next time when I shot a few frames in Newcastle. 🙂

all pictures clickable and embiggenable, but don’t, they look better smaller 🤣

Canon Sureshot Z135 ~ 2021

I got a job lot of old film cameras at the end of last year one of which is a Canon Sureshot Z135. I put a roll of Kodak Portra 400 in it and carried about with me when I was out and about. It’s a sturdy little camera with the usual Canon programs to choose from but no manual controls. It has a 38-135mm fixed zoom lens, and an annoying pop up flash that pops up whether you want it or not.

I wasn’t too impressed with the quality of the shots, quite grainy considering portra is a quality film and the photos were taken in good light. Not terribly impressed wiith the focus either. I have chosen 12 images only from the 36 I shot, so I don’t think I’ll be using this camera overmuch.

Out & About in Wardley

♥️ life
gorse of course
bullrushes at the secret lake
secret lake
Phil making hanging baskets
biker grove
Horse carrots & Turnips
Wardley Lake

Out and about in South Shields

work, live, shop
the Azura cruise ship.
sharp dressed man
playing tunes

Le Clic, Revolog Kolor 2020 (2)

A few more from the Revolog Color folm, Part 1 can be found HERE.

I found the film to be quite grainy,

Phil at South Shields.

but it does remind me of vintage photos!

Sandhaven Beach

This one had a uniform cast of green tones.

Harbour

more green tones

Trow Rocks
Target Rocks

This next one is my favourite, there are some subtle colour casts, top and bottom left and right, which I quite like.

Most of the rest of the photo’s are too green/red tinted, so what with that and the grain I won’t be doing another roll of it. Fun to try things out though so I’m happy!

Film Friday

We are still on the sea front at South Shields, and as always, I have to photograph the Weebles when I go there. 🙂

I’m quite impressed with the Canon’s close up facility.

I think this is my favourite weeble

tick tock
don’t cry

I saw a seagull having a barney with a crow

fight club

there’s the beginning verse on the other side of this, but the view through the iris isn’t as nice.

eye piece

so that was the end of my day out at Little Haven beach. See you next week!

Film Friday

I’ve had a couple of scares with the Rollei SL35, twice the film jammed after 20 frames, and on the last outing I got strange effects on some of the shots. As I’m doing a year of film I needed a back up SLR so managed to purchase a Canon EOS 1000F N for £19.99 on EbayIt came with a 35-80mm zoom on it, which isn’t the best lens in the world but does for now. Apparently even newish canon lenses will fit on it so I might treat it to one at some point. I haven’t had a canon before, well I did have a compact canon once but lost it. I took it out with me incase the Rollei jammed again (it didn’t) and quite like it. It’s clunky but easy to use. I had a roll of Kodak Portra 400 in it when I took it to South Shields, and here are some of the photos.

Herd Groyne Lighthouse

The pictures came out grainier than I expected considering it was a sunny day.

Frondy things

There are a lot of these frondy things by the beach, I got a bit carried away with them 🙂

more frondy things

OK enough with the frondy things.

footprints (mine 🙂 )
Look out post
Biking by the beach

Yep, the lens isn’t great, I can see a 50mm in my future 🙂

Stay tooned for Weeble week next time!

Film Friday

Still with the Rollei SL35 and the roll of Silberra 400, these are the shots I took with it at South Shields. Strangely none of these ones had alien light leaks.

But this one had a lot of hairs on it!

Hairy seaside

This one did better

bald seaside
Herd Groyne Lighthouse

I can never resist photographing the Weebles

The Four
The Late
The Crew
The Watcher
Footprinting

And that’s the end of the roll of Silberra 400. I like the tonality of this film, it’s not super-contrasty, but that’s great for lots of detail and texture. I’ve still to try out some different B&W films, but would definitely use it again.

Stay tooned, for next time, South Shields beach in colour!

Tynemouth,South Shields & Seaburn, 1995

Before living up here in Tyne & Wear was even a blip on my radar, I brought Ben up for a cheapo holiday. We stayed in a lovely little B&B in Seaburn, and played on the mostly deserted beaches.

Marsden Rocks

Tynemouth

Sandcastle!!

small person in a big world

Jumping the waves